BRS Part 9: Words of Wisdom from My Senpai (先輩)

Seems to be a lot of misinformation out there already on the Blended Retirement System. So pause your binge watching of Westworld and listen up:

  1. You will still get a pension after 2o years with the BRS but it’s 20% less
  2. You will get 5% match now into TSP to make up for the 20% pension cut if you make 20 years under BRS
  3. Yes, in the BSR you will still get the f***king pension at 20, even though that sea accountant said you would not
  4. If you have 12 years on 31 Dec 2017 you can’t switch to BRS, go back to watching HBO
  5. If you’re coming into the military after 1 Jan 2018 you have no choice but BRS
  6. Yes, YOU STILL GET A PENSION AFTER 20 years! It’s just now 2% base pay for every year you serve under BRS
  7. If you have the choice you must Opt In to BRS, if you don’t care then go back to watching your stories on the TV. You will continue living your unexamined life and not even notice the loss of free money in the form of TSP match if you don’t hit 20 years.
  8. You only get a measly 1% of base pay unless you put in 5% of base pay into TSP for them to match it.

My favorite asian O-5 reader called me today to tell me his two cents on the Blended retirement system and he had two important observations:

If the Blended retirement system would save the government money, then they would not have the less than 12 year service limitation for members to switch. The fact they have the limitation shows how much more expensive the new system is to maintain. They rather let 83% of service members retire with no money at all by not hitting 20 years.

This actually goes against the many silly and uninformed comments found on the comments section of the Navy’s Offical Blog. It’s very entertaining to read what kind of asshattery is out there. Everyone has an opinion, and have hijacked the issue to push their own agenda.



Ultimately you are in a unique group if you have the golden ticket to switch. Only you have a choice to make, and should not rely on some salty retired CPO who doesn’t have a choice. Polling the masses on what you should do for your own retirement is stupid, and even other service members are not in same position as you. So put on your big boy and girl trousers and make a decision for yourself! There are plenty of calculators out there. That being said, the other comment from the O-5:

If the Blended Retirement system was a rip off then they would of forced everyone into the new system forcing you to have to opt out into the old system.

This was another valid point from my Commander friend. It seems to be a lot of buzz out there that the new system is mandatory for everyone in the less than 12 year group, however it is quite the opposite. You must take the training and opt into the new system. The government hopes that your not paying attention and don’t opt in. This inaction would save them the 5% match for more people grandfathered into the old system. They would love to watch you leave the military without paying any retirement at all since it’s unlikely you hit 20 years.

You have 757 days to make a decision, no pressure, yet.


5 thoughts on “BRS Part 9: Words of Wisdom from My Senpai (先輩)

  1. Joe says:

    If we opt in on January 1st 2018 do we get 5% match starting that very month for the entire year of 2018?

    • uiucderp2011 says:

      According to the official Navy Blog, the second you opt in, you will start receiving the 5% match as early as 01 Jan 2018 until your 26th year. Again you need to make TSP contributions of at least 5% of base pay to get the match otherwise its a crappy 1%.

  2. rtjb says:

    This might be a dumb question but I can’t find a solid answer anywhere and you might know. If I have bi-monthly pay set up for my basic pay does my TSP allocation only apply to the first paycheck or to the entire month’s value? It seems like it has only been using the first month’s basic pay value to contribute to the TSP.

    • uiucderp2011 says:

      How myPay works is it calculates for the whole month, notice how the mid month pay is one of the deductions. It should take out the TSP with taxes and all that. This will go right to TSP, then it should divide by two to even out your mid month pay with the end of month pay.

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